A 14-year Major League veteran, Tomko carries the most big league service time of any player in Revolution history. His 100 Major League victories are also the most of any pitcher in the history of the Revs.
Originally a second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 1995, Tomko made his Major League debut just two years later, going 11-7 with a 3.43 ERA as a rookie in 1997. Tomko won 13 games the following year, and was named the Reds’ Opening Day starter in 1999. He spent his first three seasons with the Reds, before being dealt to Seattle as part of the Reds’ trade for Ken Griffey, Jr. before the 2000 season.
Tomko was a teammate of Revs pitching coach John Halama during his two seasons in Seattle, helping the Mariners to the postseason both years. He was the winning pitcher on October 4, 2001 when the Mariners claimed their 114th win of the season, tying the 1998 New York Yankees for the American League’s single-season wins record.
Tomko was a double-digit winner each of the following three seasons with San Diego, St. Louis, and San Francisco respectively, and signed a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers before the 2006 season, where he was a teammate of close friend and Revolution teammate Jason Repko.
The right-hander would go on to pitch for the Padres again, as well as the New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, and most recently, the Texas Rangers in 2011. He spent last season at the Triple-A level with Louisville and Reno.